Volunteer and Community Support Awards

The Foundation has a large list of volunteers who contribute and support our various programs and our message of ‘Early Detection and Early Treatment”. These volunteers are a vital part of the Foundation and each year during Eating Disorder Awareness Week the Foundation recognize and award volunteers (an Individual, a Business, a Community Group) in appreciation for their outstanding commitment and contribution in support of the aims and objectives of our foundation.

The Eating Disorder Foundation of NL is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 Community Support Awards. The recipient of the Jerry Angel Jr. Community Support Award is Mr. Larry Puddister. The Renata Elizabeth Withers Community Support Award was presented to Mr. Greg Walsh and the Lana G. Curran Community Support Award was awarded to Mr. John Curran. We congratulate them for their outstanding support and continued interest in the work of the Foundation.

Front Row: L-R– Paul Thomey – Executive Director EDFNL, His Honour, Howard William Foote, and Her Honour The Honourable Judy May Foote, P.C., O.N.L. Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, Vince Withers – Chair EDFNL
Back Row: L-R – John Curran, Wilf Curran accepting on behalf of Mr. Larry Puddister and Greg Walsh



John Curran is a gifted singer, song writer and performer who had delighted many audiences the world over. John is a native of Ferryland and now resides in St. John’s where he performs regularly with The Masterless Men, one of the provinces most talented and highly recognized bands. You may also know him from his regular commercial appearances as the Health and Safety Spokesperson for Newfoundland Power!
But of course, we know John for his many appearances at the Concert of Hope performing with The Masterless Men as well as being a regular participant in our Annual Hope Always Walk. John, like Greg, has been providing his time and talent since year one to help make our Annual Lana Curran Butterfly Gala the amazing event that it is as we enter our 5th year. For his continued support the Foundation is pleased to recognize John Curran with the Lana G. Curran Community Support Award.


Larry Puddister is the Executive Chairman and principal owner of Pennecon. Outside of his professional work Larry has a long history of supporting various charities, not-for-profits and community-based organizations. As founder and Board Director of The Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation, Larry leads this organization in its mandate to provide mental health resources to youth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Larry was one of the first people who Wilf Curran approached for support when he first conceived the Annual Remembering Lana Curran Butterfly Gala. Larry and his company came through in a big way in year 1 and he has continued to be an amazing contributor for every year since. As we enter our 5th year for the Gala, we are very pleased to present Larry Puddister with the Jerry Angel Jr. Community Support Award.


Greg Walsh was raised in Bay de Verde, NL and was strongly influenced to a musical career by his father the late Ray Walsh, who was also a great supporter of the Foundation prior to his passing, and who we honoured at our 2019 Gala. Greg played with The Masterless Men on several occasions from 2003-2007 and officially joined the band in 2007. As a member of The Masterless Men he performed at the Foundation’s Concert of Hope many times.
With the launch of the Remembering Lana Curran Butterfly Gala in 2016 Greg and his father Ray offered their time and talent to make our event a little more unique by offering music to the typical dinner/auction type of affair. Going into our 5th Gala this year, Greg continues to support our cause with his time and talent. We are pleased to recognize Greg Walsh with the Renata Elizabeth Withers Community Support Award.